Tote Placepot selections for Doncaster St Leger day

Kew Gardens and Ryan Moore winning the Doncaster St. Leger 2018 from Lah Ti Dar and Frankie Dettori

The final Classic of the 2020 turf season is the centrepiece of Saturday’s Doncaster card. The Tote Placepot on this day in 2019 paid a tasty £684 to a £1 stake. Pick a horse to place in the first 6 races on the card and you can win a share of the pool.

We’ve taken a look through the card and these are the myracing selections for the Doncaster Placepot.

Race 1 – 1.15 Sky Sport Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap (2) 1m (SKY)

DIOCLES OF ROME looks well worth another try at this trip, running on well over seven furlongs last time out. His two best turf RPR’s have come in his two visits to this track.

Race 2 – 1.50 bet365 Champagne Stakes (Group 2) 7f (ITV)

ALBASHEER was a visually spectacular winner on debut at this course. He has the chance to show himself to be a potential star in the making.

Race 3 – 2.25 bet365 Portland Handicap (2) 5 1/2f (ITV)

ARECIBO has produced a solid run of form in similar handicaps so far this season. Plenty of pace will suit his late running style and he can weave his way into the places late on.

Race 4 – bet365 Park Stakes (Group 2) 7f (ITV)

ONE MASTER is a genuine Group 1 performer who has produced her winning runs at that level in the autumn. She is more adaptable on ground than she used to be and is very much a seven furlong specialist.

Race 5 – Pertemps St Leger Stakes (Group 1) 1m 6 1/2f (ITV)

SANTIAGO already has one classic to his credit with an Irish Derby. He won over this trip at Royal Ascot and has since taken on Stradivarius. It’s hard to see him out the frame.

Race 6 – Matthew Clark Nursery Handicap (2) 1m (SKY)

LEGEND OF DUBAI is yet to live up to his stunning pedigree, by Dubawi out of a dual Group 1 winner. He improved for the rise to a mile last time and a stiffer test at the trip will help on handicap debut from a mark of 83.

Saturday Placepot Selections

  • Race 1: Diocles Of Rome
  • Race 2: Albasheer
  • Race 3: Arecibo
  • Race 4: One Master
  • Race 5: Santiago
  • Race 6: Legend Of Dubai

What is a Placepot and how does it work?

The Tote Placepot is a pool bet where a punter has to pick out a horse in each of the first six races at particular meeting and in order to be successful, all six runners must place.

Everything runs through the Tote pool betting operation. The size of the pool is determined by how many people play so naturally the more money bet on the Placepot the larger the pool will be.

That pool is divided among the winner so the more winners there are the smaller the winning dividend will be.

How do I put on a Placepot?

Would you like to bet on the Tote Placepot with a risk-free bet? Tote is the official provider, follow this link below to claim your risk-free bet of up to £10 and then follow these steps once you have opened your account.

  • Go to the Multibets page, click Tote Placepot and select your meeting.
  • You will be directed to the racecard for the first leg of the day. Add your selections to that leg and continue until you have at least one horse in all six races.
  • If you are happy with your selections, add your stake to the betslip and click “place bet”.
  • Remember, your stake will be multiplied by the number of lines in your Placepot.

When you are putting on your Tote Placepot bet, you can choose how brave or safe you would like to be. You can choose one horse in each race or you can choose multiple in a race. There selections are referred to as ‘lines’ in Placepot terminology.

If you do decide to add multiple lines in each race, this of course will increase your chances of picking a horse that will place. However, the more lines you place the higher the stake will be.

In order to calculate how many lines in total you have, multiply the number of lines in race one by the number of lines in race two by the number of lines in race three and so on until you get to race six.

How much does a Placepot cost?

The minimum stake per line is generally 10p. The minimum total stake is £1 so you will need a minimum of 10 lines at 10p to meet minimum requirements.

For example, if you bet £1 lines on a 36-line Tote Placepot, the total stake would amount to £36.

How are the Tote Placepot places determined?

The place rules are the same across the industry and are as follows:

1-4 runners: Win Only
5-7 runners: 2 Places
8+ runners: 3 Places
Handicap 12-15 runners: 3 Places
Handicap 16+ runners: 4 Places

How is the Tote Placepot prize pool worked out and shared?

Tote have to make their money somehow so 27% is taken out of the total pool and then the remaining 73% will be divided among the winners of the Placepot.

For example, if the pool is £200,000, the amount taken out of the pool will be £54,000. This means £146,000 will be split among the winners and each winner may have a different return based on how many lines they have.

The best payouts tend to be on days where favourites struggle to reach the frame as favourites are very popular choices for Placepot bettors.

How to work out Tote Placepot winnings

At the end of a meeting, Tote will publish the dividend which will show what a punter would win in return for a £1 staked winning bet. Your return will be determined by the amount you stake per line and also by how many of your lines were successful.

You can work this out by multiplying the amount of winning lines in each leg together to get your total winning lines.

To then work out how much you have won, simply multiply your stake per line by the amount of winning lines you have.

For example:

If the Placepot has a dividend of £1,000 to a £1 stake and you have three winning 20p lines then you have a total of 60p going on the dividend so you win £600.


If the Placepot pays £150 to a £1 stake and you have three winning £1 lines, your total of £3 of winning bets means you win £450.

What happens if one of your legs is a non-runner?

If one of your runners turns out to be a non-runner, it will automatically go on the SP (Starting price) favourite. If there are joint or co-favourites, the lowest racecard number will count.

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